Bucket List Wines: California

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Ridge York Creek Petite Sirah

While I think Petite Sirah is potentially the greatest varietal wine produced in California, with Zinfandel a close second, it isn’t even on most people’s radar.

I’m not sure why Petite Sirah gets so little respect. For my palate, the variety is ideally suited to California’s warm climate, producing large-scaled wines that tend to have good acidity and relatively moderate alcohol levels where other varieties tend to go all flabby and jammy. Also, the wines have the potential to age spectacularly well.

Need proof? Check out a mature Ridge Vineyards York Creek Petite Sirah. These wines are becoming fairly rare, but they pop up now and again both at retail and at auction. A bottle from a less acclaimed vintage, which seems to have little effect on the actual quality of the wine, can often be had for just about $100 a bottle. This is a real steal when you think that these wines represent the pinnacle of Petite Sirah!  I’m a big fan of both the 1975 and 1979, both considered to be just average vintages.

Bucket List Wines: California

1.
Ridge Petite Sirah Spring Mountain District York Creek (1975)
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2.
Stony Hill Napa Valley Chardonnay (1978)
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3.
Inglenook Limited Cask Cabernet Sauvignon (1978)
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4.
Beaulieu Vineyard Special Burgundy (1968)
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  • Snooth User: tomglip
    502946 25

    MY BUCKET LIST - CHOSEN FROM WINES I HAVE HAD BUT WOULD LOVE TO HAVE AGAIN, IF THE WINE AND I WERE IN PERFECT CONDITION:

    1970 BV GEORGES DE LaTOUR RESERVE CABERNET
    1982 OR 1991 BERINGER RESERVE CABERNET
    1985 INGLENOOK REUNION
    LONG VINEYARDS LATE HARVEST RIESLING (any vintage from the 90s)
    1992 SUMMIT LAKE EMILY KESTREL CABERNET SAUVIGNON
    1990 RUBICON
    1983 DUNN HOWELL MOUNTAIN CABERNET SAUVIGNON
    1978 RIDGE YORK CREEK PETITE SIRAH
    1987 BERINGER BANCROFT RANCH MERLOT
    1978 OR 1985 INGLENOOK CHARBONO

    Jul 12, 2012 at 4:47 PM


  • Snooth User: pinot N
    1035167 18

    Y piensan dejar fuera de la lista a Robert Mondavi y su famoso fume Blanc ?

    Jul 12, 2012 at 9:27 PM


  • Jordan Cab 78
    Marcaisson any year
    Ch. Neuf d'Pape Beaucastel any year
    Turley Zinf when she made it. Old vines.
    Mt. Veeder Cab 89
    Silver Oak 89 99 2001

    Jul 14, 2012 at 1:13 PM


  • Snooth User: homestar
    512161 83

    Have you done a piece on Petite Sirah? My apologies if I missed it, but given your comments it would seem odd if you haven't. I have had several I enjoy a great deal, but they tend to be huge wines and probably overpowering for many people and many occasions. Would love to read about your wider tastings from California.

    Jul 15, 2012 at 7:44 AM


  • Snooth User: DOCTOR T
    152537 36

    I AGREE I HAD THE 1978 AT BURNS STEAK HOUSE BACK IN AROUND 1999. IT WAS FABULOUS.

    Jul 16, 2012 at 2:41 PM


  • Snooth User: gmatt01
    298451 1

    1974 Heitz Martha's Vineyard

    Jul 18, 2012 at 11:58 PM


  • A MUST try Petite Sirah in California comes from Concannon Vineyard...they have a whole flight.. after all, they were the first to produce it 50+ years ago! Be sure to try Captain Joe's PS. Cheers.

    Jul 19, 2012 at 3:16 PM


  • Snooth User: Helen Poole
    1337036 29

    it's great

    Aug 30, 2013 at 5:33 AM


  • Snooth User: anvilpep
    1370081 34

    good

    Sep 24, 2013 at 12:47 AM


  • great!!

    Sep 27, 2013 at 1:57 AM


  • It's interesting post

    Oct 07, 2013 at 12:02 AM


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